The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Everest Base Camp Trek.
You can view the Everest Base Camp Trek and optional Gokyo Extension trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the links.
Everest Base Camp Trek Trip Notes
Gokyo Extension Trip Notes
We will take a maximum of 12 trekkers with each departure, hence spaces are limited. We can also take private groups, please enquire for details.
We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. Our 2018 guiding team includes:
Mark Austin, Lead Guide EBC #1
Mark is a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide who has guided extensively for AC at home in New Zealand and on international expeditions to Nepal and South America. Mark is never short of a conversational topic and enjoys sharing good times in the hills with those he's guiding.
Bronwen Waters, Lead Guide EBC #2
Bronwen has a wealth of experience guiding trekking throughout New Zealand and Nepal, including Mera Peak. She has a passion for the mountains and is a qualified ski guide and avalanche educator, having spent winters patrolling and heli-skiing in New Zealand, Canada and Norway.
Rene Schwaller, Lead Guide EBC #4
Born in Switzerland raised on skis, Rene is now based in Queenstown, New Zealand. For the past 30 years he has been guiding people heliskiing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand during the winter months and as an adventure trekking guide both in New Zealand and around the world during the summer months. Rene has guided several treks for AC to Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Hayley Furze, Client Liaison
Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our South American expeditions and Himalayan treks.
Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Preparing for Your Trek
Although the trek to Everest Base Camp is straightforward, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for the full 14 days for around 4-5 hours on hilly terrain, with some hill climbs of around 600m elevation gain. The trek takes in a total distance of 120km with over 3000m elevation gain.
Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information visit our Fitness Training Programs page, or check out our Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Base Camp Training Program.
What You Carry
You have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your daypack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations, you will add a warm hat and gloves.
There is the issue of altitude you have to contend with and sufficient time for acclimatisation is incorporated into our trekking itinerary. We have included rest days at the appropriate elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.
Nonetheless, everyone will feel the effects of the high altitude. For those who have not been to altitude, this can be a concern pre-trip. Please do not worry as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.
Symptoms you should expect to feel include mild headaches, similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Sometimes they can be completely avoided or relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Being ready to relax, read a book, or take a ‘cat nap’ after each days trek, or on rest days is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around usually adjust slower than others.
The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and efficiently and don’t try to keep up with any locals!
We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.
In the Khumbu Valley during the trek we will be dining in the Lodges and at Base Camp we will be eating in the Adventure Consultants mess tent. Our Base Camp equipment and ample nutritious meals are always the envy of other groups on the mountain!
Accommodation and dining during the trek will be in lodges, where we will be accommodated in dormitories or twin rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Each lodge has a large lounge and dining area where trek members can congregate to share meals, socialise or simply relax by the fireplace. Some even have showers, power (for charging batteries), internet and laundry services available for a small fee.
Clothing & Equipment
Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.
Other treks visiting Base Camp in 2018:
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Trip 1: Mar 30 - Apr 15
Trip 2: Apr 12 - 28
Trip 3: Apr 21 - May 7
Trip 4: Sep 26 - Oct 12
Trip 1: Apr 26 - May 19
Trip 2: Oct 15 - Nov 7
Three Passes Trek
Trip 1: - Apr 30 - May 25
Trip 2: - Sep 16 - Oct 11
Trip 3: - Nov 10 - Dec 5